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Dr Wassim Dbouk selected as a member of the Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort

Dr Wassim Dbouk

Dr Wassim Dbouk is Marine and Maritime Policy and Research Fellow at the Public Policy Southampton (PPS) and the Southampton and Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI).

Wassim has been recently selected as a member of the Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort, a joint partnership between the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the British Council. The Cohort was established to bring local knowledge to a global stage in the lead-up to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26.

Following his PhD in Marine Environmental Law and his previous work experience in the private, public, legal and research sectors, Wassim brings a great understanding of the interaction between research, law and policy. In his current role, Wassim creates and delivers policy engagement opportunities for researchers within the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute. 

 "Climate change poses a significant threat to communities all around the globe. As such, it requires an international collaborative response at various levels, including amongst researchers. It is evident that research around the consequences of climate change and the various measures to mitigate them is not at all scarce. As we work towards achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, it is now crucial for researchers from around the world to bring together their various areas of expertise in collaborative projects while embedding clear strategies for translating research outcomes into evidence capable of informing future policy action. The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and the British Council’s Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort presents a perfect forum to achieve this through offering a series of trainings, workshops and mentorship programmes as well as opportunities to contribute in peer-led research-to-action projects with seed funding. I am delighted to be selected as a member of the Cohort and I am very excited to start engaging with fellows and senior experts around various research and policy engagement activities ahead of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) next November." - Dr Wassim Dbouk

Professor Damon Teagle, Director of the SMMI, said: “Dr Dbouk’s maritime law background, experience with influencing and guiding policymakers and regulators, and his growing technical knowledge of many of the challenges facing the oceans, its life and the large populations who live by and rely on the oceans, make him well placed to both benefit from this opportunity as well as make extremely valuable contributions to the Commonwealth Climate Research Cohort.”

Dr Dbouk is one of just two members of the Cohort based at UK universities. The remainder of the group are at institutions in Jamaica, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Cyprus, the Seychelles, Ghana, New Zealand, Eswatini, Australia, Mauritius, Barbados, Fiji, Canada and Singapore.


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